Landscaping on a Budget

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To make your house the perfect place for you to live by landscaping needs some money, many times too much. But don’t think that you’ll go bankrupt after landscaping, as there are many methods to decrease the costs, and the return on your investment will be for sure rewarding.

First of all, you have to plan everything before you start buying. Make a detailed plan on how you want your yard and house to look after the landscape, knowing exactly what you need and where it’s going to be placed. You might want to build everything in different phases if you don’t have all the money, so you can avoid taking loans. You'll also have the time to adjust your plans and evaluate what you have been doing until then.

Decide if you want/need a designer for your plans. You might be tempted to think that you can do everything on your own, but many times an architect or designer will not only improve the quality of your project, but can also help you save some money by building wisely and using every inch of your space. If you can’t afford a designer or architect, try at least to talk to a consultant. They can give you some good tips on how to avoid mistakes.

Don’t think that cheaper is always better. When it comes to your house, anything you buy you should consider a long-term investment. So don’t waste money on cheap materials that will get destroyed after one season or common plants. Accept cheaper when it’s good enough.

Buy in phases. Don’t rush to buy everything at once and start talking to people you know (maybe some of them have already done this and can give you tips on how to save money), reading some specialized magazines and always checking alternate sources. You can reduce your costs by shopping online or through catalogs. Also, arboretums, botanical centers, plant societies and gardening clubs often hold plant sales. Don’t ignore demolition sites, as they can be sources of bricks and stones, garage sales, as they can offer you some good tools with less money, and cement companies. Plan everything to help you save water and energy and think about the future costs of maintenance. Finally, have patience and take it step by step!